Stop Obama/Bayh 08: A Surge of Concern


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Ari Melber has just written a great summary just out in the Washington Independent on the surge of concern across the blogosphere about an Obama/Bayh ticket.
One of the most interesting parts of the piece, other than his offhand comment about me that I am “a former Democratic Senate aide who sometimes traffics in Washington rumors” (they are good rumors! — and I now run the foreign policy and economic policy divisions of a significant think tank — the senate stuff was a decade ago), is his link to a Jeffrey Goldberg Atlantic article that ran recently, “Evan Bayh, Iran Hawk.”
Melber highlights an important slice of Bayh’s “tilting towards war now and then” attitude in the Goldberg piece:

You just hope that we haven’t soured an entire generation on the necessity, from time to time, of using force because Iraq has been such a debacle. That would be tragic, because Iran is a grave threat. They’re everything we thought Iraq was but wasn’t. They are seeking nuclear weapons, they do support terrorists, they have threatened to destroy Israel, and they’ve threatened us, too.

We don’t need another Vice President who thinks that conflicts are great ways to define and sculpt presidencies. We’ve had enough of that.
— Steve Clemons


18 comments on “Stop Obama/Bayh 08: A Surge of Concern

  1. drkate says:

    Woo hoo: Bye/Obama ’08 come on people, think about this.


  2. Ken says:

    Oh get over it. The blogoshere loved John Edwards who co-sponsored the bill to invade Iraq.
    Sorry you are too stupid to know that.
    Here’s the deal, Steve. You are obviously a brain-dead moron just trying to look cool to your buds.
    I really don’t care what you think. Know what I know. If Obama picked Bayh it would because he thinks it would help take Indiana. And if he takes Indiana, he wins.
    Get it now, Stevie. I highly doubt it.
    Go look up JFK and LBJ before wasting our time.
    First time here. And I can honestly say. You are as stupid as they come.


  3. Kathleen says:

    Lori…..Carroll… thanks for the question and link…hmmmm


  4. Carroll says:
    Susan Bayh completed her post-secondary education in the state of California. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. She then earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law School in 1984. On April 13, 1985, she married Evan Bayh. Nineteen months later, Evan would begin his political career by being elected Indiana Secretary of State.
    Susan began her career as a litigation attorney for the law firms of Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher; and later Barnes & Thornburg. After her husband was inaugurated as Indiana’s 46th governor in 1989, Susan became an attorney in the pharmaceutical division at Indianapolis drug company Eli Lilly and Company. She handled federal regulatory issues until 1994. [2]
    On November 9, 1995, Susan gave birth to twin boys, Nicholas Harrison and Birch (Beau) Evans IV.
    Professional Board Member
    In 1994, Susan also began serving on corporate boards. She was first appointed to the Board of Directors for Emmis Broadcasting.[1] Since then she has served on 14 boards, primarily in the insurance and pharmaceutical fields[1], including:
    Emmis Broadcasting (Media, 1994-Present)[2]
    Corvas International (Pharmaceutical, 2000-Present)[2]
    Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Pharmaceutical, 2000-Present)[2]
    Curis, Inc. (Pharmaceutical, 2000-Present)[2]
    Esperion Theraputics (Pharmaceutical, 2001-Present)[2]
    WellPoint, Inc. (Health Insurance, 2001-Present)[2]
    Dendreon Corp. (Biotechnology, 2003-Present)[2]
    Dyax Crop. (Biotechnology, 2003-Present)[2]
    Novavax (Biotechnology, 2004-2005)[1]
    Nastech Pharmaceuticals/MDRNA (Pharmaceutical, 2005-Present)[2]
    E-Trade Bank (Bank)[1]
    Golden State Foods (Food Distribution)[2]
    LWWI Broadcasting (Media)[1]
    In December 2007, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported that Mrs. Bayh earns about $1 million a year in director fees. In 2006, for example, Mrs. Bayh received $94,591 in cash payments and $816,436 in stock.[1]
    Additionally, she made at least $2.2 million by exercising stock options with her companies over a four-year period. That includes $1.7 million from WellPoint and Curis stock. She also exercised E-Trade Bank stock options worth between $500,000 and $1 million. The exact amount has not been disclosed, because E-Trade Bank is a privately held company. [1][3]
    “In 2007, Mrs. Bayh collected $248,700 from options she received from WellPoint. In two days in January and May, she bought 6,667 shares at $44.18 a share; she sold them for $78 to $84.98 a share,” the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported[1].
    One transaction of WellPoint stock options in May of 2007 earned Mrs. Bayh $135,978. A few days later, WellPoint’s stock fell when the company announced it had fired its finance chief. The health insurer’s stock slid further when the year’s second quarter earnings weren’t as high as expected[3].
    In September 2003, Mrs. Bayh exercised her option to buy Curis stock at $1.09, $1.50 or $3.13 a share. She later sold 123,750 shares at a price between $5 and $5.31. That transaction earned Mrs. Bayh more than $260,000. After Mrs. Bayh sold her stock, the Curis prices dropped, rarely trading above $2 per share[3].
    The Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette reported that since Susan Bayh began serving on boards, “Sen. Evan Bayh [has] cast more than 3,000 votes, including some on issues of keen interest to the pharmaceutical, broadcast, insurance, food-distribution and finance industries.”[1]
    Sen. Bayh prohibits his staff from lobbying contact with his wife or representatives of her companies. Prior to 2003, staff was allowed to meet with the Indiana-based companies she directs.
    Mrs. Bayh makes very few public statements, and has not commented on any perceived conflicts of interest[1]. Sen. Bayh, however, has insisted his wife’s ties have had no bearing on his Congressional actions.
    “The reality is I don’t even know the people who run the vast majority of her companies. I’ve never even spoken to them,” Bayh told the Journal Gazette. “The reality is, we don’t talk about stuff that she’s involved with.”[1]
    Despite his statements, Sen. Bayh has certainly had contact with a few of his wife’s associations. Emmis Chairman Jeff Smulyan is a staunch Bayh supporter, having given $35,000 to Sen. Bayh’s political action committees. In 2006, when Sen. Bayh was exploring a presidential run in early primary states, Smulyan gave $12,900 to the Iowa Democratic Party and $4,300 to the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Sen. Bayh has also used the Emmis corporate jet. He rode twice in 2005, and Sen. Bayh’s political action committee reimbursed Emmis $1,371 for those rides.[4]


  5. Lori March says:

    Does anyone know anything about Senator Bayh’s wife? Anything? Who are her parents? Does she have siblings? How are her family members employed? Are they employed, at all? Did she ever really practice law? What has she actually done?


  6. p.lukasiak says:

    I was looking forward to voting for Barack Obama in November because he initially symbolized governmental integrity, commitment to equality in domestic and foreign policy, and strength through unwavering principles rather than militarism. But now I am worried that his pathway has become muddled by the pressures on him at the moment–perhaps to placate the Clintons.
    wow! talk about your CDS–Obama’s consistent shift to the right is the Clintons’ fault?!?!
    The problem here isn’t the Clintons, its your willingness to support some vague “symbol” whose record is inconsistent with what you wanted Obama to symbolize.
    Obama’s complete lack of any kind of foreign policy/national security/military knowledge and experience should have told you that he would succumb to ‘presure’ — its far easier to influence someone who doesn’t know the facts and the history than it is to influence someone who knows the difference between informed opinion and complete BS.
    getting back to the question of Bayh, while he’s a disaster in terms of issues and policies, in terms of the election he’s a smart choice. His resume is solid (2 term governor, 10 years in the senate) and he’s got a famous name — both of which signal “stability” and will provide at least some of the reassurance that the electorate needs to support Obama. But he’s not well known, and isn’t terribly dynamic, so he won’t overshadow The One.
    But ya gotta love how completely Obama is screwing his “progressive”/”creative class” base who bought into the myth of Obama rather than accept the less-than-perfect reality of Hillary Clinton. As Clinton supporters have already been told “where ya gonna go?”


  7. S Brennan says:

    C’mon folks get used to life under the bus:
    “This will be a continuing theme. You can see it in the comments pretty much every time Obama sells out on an important issue: either the issue no longer matters, or Obama’s problematic stance is now acceptable. Because to a certain type of mindset, it’s not the issues that matter, it’s the man selling them. Sadly, that type of mindset is now the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Not to mention the shrillosphere.- Posted by Turkana at August 13, 2008


  8. ed says:

    No one has signed in weeks. He’s a dud.
    Why don’t you want McCain to lose?



    I was looking forward to voting for Barack Obama in November because he initially symbolized governmental integrity, commitment to equality in domestic and foreign policy, and strength through unwavering principles rather than militarism. But now I am worried that his pathway has become muddled by the pressures on him at the moment–perhaps to placate the Clintons. Ever since he won the primary, he has been moving to the Right and running away from Hope. Please bring back the old Barack Obama before it is too late. And above all, he should select a vice president who he believes would represent the values that inspired so many people of all ages to wait in line in the cold–just for a chance to hear him.


  10. ed says:

    Clark, people.


  11. B says:

    The conflict between Russia and Georgia pretty much opens the door for Obama-Biden. He’s more progressive than Bayh and he’s the foreign policy voice Obama needs to counter McCain’s dark vision.


  12. Tahoe Editor says:

    — “grave threat”
    — “not a serious threat”
    Those are Barry’s talking points.


  13. oooHNooo says:

    Gawd! Wouldn’t that be just Gawd awful if this Iraq debacle screwed up a whole generation so bad that they didn’t want to have any more Wars?
    Anti-War is Anti-American!
    and….. and ….uh …. probably somehow anti-Semetic.


  14. Mr.Murder says:

    Grave and gathering threat.
    C’mon, get your Iraelicon talking points right!


  15. Tahoe Editor says:

    In some ways it makes sense. Obama can let Bayh tell us that “Iran is a grave threat” so he can concentrate on telling us “Iran is not a serious threat.” Talking out of both sides of your mouth can get tiring.


  16. Mr.Murder says:

    Pandering to a vote segment who made up their mind or heard your preacher isn’t gonna cut it.
    Be who you are.
    You’re nothing? Well then. Sounds like politik as usual.


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